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If I open an audio file with Audacity or Rhythmbox, for example, I can look at the metadata tags such as Artist Name, Track Title, Year, etc. . Is there a convenient way to do this on the command line under Linux?

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.wav metadata is poorly supported. I'd search for something to edit RIFF INFO if that's possible. – Rob Apr 8 '12 at 3:14
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If it's a standard sort of tag, I believe exiftool should do the trick.

If it doesn't you'd likely need to find something else that dumps the format that audacity uses (apparently info tags).

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You can use one of these tools:


Simple program outputting all the basic information from audio files.

exiftool (from package perl-image-exiftool)

This one is more customizable and supports reading and writing meta information in image, audio and video files.

mutagen-inspect (from package mutagen)

Simple frontend to the mutagen audio tagging library for Python.

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Try the utility id3info for MP3 files.

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Thanks, but this doesn't print any info for the .wav files I exported from Audacity. – Joey Adams Apr 8 '12 at 2:59
OK, I thought you were talking about .mp3 files. I don't know about metadata in .wav files. – Renan Apr 8 '12 at 3:00

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